Chivas USA

2005 - 2014

Nicknames: Red-and-White, Goats, Rojiblancos, Rebano Angelino



Stadium: StubHub Center

On August 2, 2004, co-owners Jorge Vergara and Antonio Cué announced that they had been awarded MLS’s 11th franchise, Chivas USA. Chivas were a US model of its parent club CD Guadalajara, one of the most successful sides in Mexican soccer history. The club logo was chosen and it replicated parent club Chivas’ badge, the only difference being the lack of 11 stars that represented Guadalajara’s Mexican league titles.

The red-and-white striped shirts were also the same as Guadalajara’s, as were the blue shorts and socks that Chivas adopted. 

Thomas Rongen was named Chivas USA’s first ever head coach, while Arturo Torres became the team’s first-ever player when he was selected with the first pick in the MLS Expansion Draft. Chivas USA played their first game on April 2, 2005, losing 2-0 to D.C. United. The Red-and-White earned their first victory on May 7, 2005, defeating expansion-brethren Real Salt Lake 1-0.  

Chivas USA clinched their first playoff berth in team history in 2006, and continued that run for four consecutive years. The Goats won the Western Conference Title in 2007 under Preki and prided themselves on playing fluid, attractive soccer.

That was the high-water mark, however, as Cue eventually sold to Vergara, who in turn sold to the league in early 2014. Chivas ceased operations after the 2014 season. A high-profile group featuring numerous investors will take their place as Los Angeles FC (LAFC) in 2017.  

Notable Players

  • Brad Guzan
  • Francisco Palencia
  • Sacha Kljestan
  • Jonathan Bornstein
  • Robin Fraser
  • Claudio Suarez
  • Dan Kennedy
  • Carlos Bocanegra
  • Mauro Rosales
  • Erick "Cubo" Torres

Notable Coaches

  • Thomas Rongen, 2005
  • Javier Ledesma, 2005 (interim)
  • Hans Westerhof, 2005
  • Bob Bradley, 2006
  • Preki, 2007-2009
  • Martin Vasquez, 2010
  • Robin Faser, 2011-2012
  • Jose Luis "Chelis" Sanchez Sola, 2013
  • Jose Luis "Guero" Real, 2013
  • Wilmer Cabrera, 2014

2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 2014